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Manitowoc receives $250,000 state grant for craft brewery

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Posted at 10:42 AM, Feb 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 11:42:58-05

MANITOWOC (NBC 26) — The City of Manitowoc has announced it is receiving a $250,000 state grant to help turn a century-old historic industrial building into a new location for the city’s first craft brewery and taproom.

According to a press release from the city, the Community Development Investment Grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will support PetSkull Brewing’s expansion, which will include converting the historic building into a 10-barrel brewhouse and restaurant.

Manitowoc Mayor Justin Nickels is enthusiastic about the project saying, “We are excited that PetSkull Brewing will continue to grow in our historic downtown and expand their part-time business into a full-time brewing operation in the River Point District.”

City officials estimate the project will support 35 to 40 construction jobs. Once it's open, the brewery and restaurant expansion is expected to add five full-time and up to 18 part-time positions. A catalyst in the River Point District, the $1.5 million project is expected to be complete by July 2021.